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navigating productivity

Yesterday was a good day. The weather would change about every half hour, so we had everything from sun to torrential rain. I think Gaia just couldn’t make up her mind.

Not so long ago I saw posted on Maya Stein’s Facebook page a call to “write a book” and a photo of the titles up for grabs. I picked “How to Navigate Loss” because me and loss? We’re close personal friends…

I’d written out the concept (on my usual preferred brainstorming medium of choice, index cards) and yesterday afternoon I finally started sketching. I’d gotten perhaps five spreads done and was going to leave it for the next day but knowing myself (and my gnat-like attention span) I figured that if I didn’t push through and get ‘er done, that it would languish unfinished until my fickle muse decided to stop applying multicoloured hair dye for long enough to finish the story.

So I pressed through, ignoring meals and most of everything else. I drew and coloured and folded and glued… and at a little after two o’clock this morning, I was done. Done! *patting self on back, because I FINISHED without a whole lot of anguished creative suffering!*

And, apart from this Accomplishment, I also plotted out a plan for the recategorization of the categories on this here blog, as well as rewriting my bio info, which will be added to my “About” tab (just as soon as I transcribe it from my index notes).

Progress and success comes in tiny (but equally immense) steps.

(And maybe smudging the whole house with white sage and palo santo really *did* move some stagnant energy out. I’ll take it!)

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wishes like fishes…

WishUponAStar
(after seeing THIS site, I thought I’d put a prayer of sorts out there…)

that great thoughts, like butterflies, imaginally take flight
that hopes, like balloons, float up to great heights
that I shape the best year yet, one little step by one little step
that love will prevail, when all else fails
that discomfort be replaced by action, ache by joy
that prosperity be in numbers, abundant fruits from toil
to find my north star and follow it true
that good things come to all, and especially you

Happy New Year
Love, Me xo

Sisters of the Soul – Completion

I’ve been tired… so tired. Working like mad at the office, but I finally feel like I’m climbing back out of my slump. A temp started this week and has begun to help with the backlog that I haven’t been able to attend to myself because there is so much other, more pressing, work to do.

I’ve finally completed my last contribution in the Sisters of the Soul round robin project… a piece in Bev Martini’s box of canvas sheets (above). The focal point is a portrait of my sister that I drew, imported into Photoshop, manipulated and printed out, transferred onto the canvas, which I then painted with acrylic paint.

I’ve been working at a snail’s pace… in fact, I’m amazed that I’m producing anything at all. I feel so flat! There is hope yet though…

During my last couple of visits to the book store, I picked up more books (tell me this does NOT surprise you!) and have begun reading One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way by Robert Maurer, which is part of Jill Badonsky’s (author of Nine Modern Day Muses (and a Bodyguard)) curriculum for Kaisen-Muse Creativity Coaching training which I’ll be starting at the end of this month. This I am very much excited about. In fact, I have no doubt that I’ll be my own best (first) customer.

Another couple of things I’m looking forward to this upcoming week:

  • Attending Sidley’s Annual Museum Event – Dali: Painting & Film at LACMA
  • Getting more work done on the forget-me-not tattoo on my left wrist
  • I’m also in the throes of working on my Gothica collaboration project, having finally received the last of the contributions mid-week last week. I am tripod equipped and will start shooting the pieces, since they’ve overrun my living quarters and it is time to move them out. What I flub we’ll re-shoot this week with the master photographer of the household (not me), but at least I’ll be able to get started on laying out the book in InDesign.

    Last night Gabriel and I stopped off at South Coast where I made my habitual stop at the Paper Source but on my way there I was drawn in by the spooky candle displays at Illuminations, where I purchased a table runner and a ghostly candle (which is a hoot! …it flashes different colors as it burns… what will they come up with next?!). I think hallowe’en has got to be one of my favorite celebrations, right up there with yule.

    Oh, and speaking of baby steps… I’ve been slowly straightening out my stuff, de-cluttering… I’ve almost reached a point where I can potentially use the surface of my workbench with a few more organizational cullings.

    People often tell me “I don’t know how you have time to do everything that you do.” Well, quite frankly, I don’t… have time, that is. It’s the case of the small blanket for a large bed. I tug on one end and cover here, but it leaves the other part bare. That is how I manage to do what I do. I have to pick and chose what I spend my time on, and since I can’t do everything, I do what I can. So, it appears like I’m productive, but really, I’m just masterful at doing little bits of everything, here and there. What do they call it… multi-tasking?

    It rained last night… I know, it would seem to be a non-event but in Southern California it’s quite the novelty. Which is why I live here.